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Two events Saturday in North Augusta show that country humor and classic swing music can be used to help a community.

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Christian country humorist Dennis "The Swan" Swanberg is at Sweetwater Baptist Church, and gospel-country-blues vocalist Flo Carter will perform at the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center.

Swanberg is the featured speaker at a free wild game supper at the church, 198 Sweetwater Road.

The supper (wild game and fish served with vegetables and desserts) begins at 5 p.m., with the program at 6 p.m. The church asks for a donation of a canned good to stock its food pantry for area needy. Call (803) 613-0344.

Swanberg has delivered folksy humor with Christian messages for about 30 years through his books, DVDs, CDs and former syndicated TV series, Swan's Place. His vocal impressions range from evangelist Billy Graham to TV's bumbling Deputy Barney Fife (actor Don Knotts) on The Andy Griffith Show.

Carter will perform classic songs from the big band and swing era ('30s and '40s) in a fundraiser for the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center, 100 Georgia Ave., on the ground floor of the new Municipal Building.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 7:30. Tickets cost $5, with ages 12 and younger admitted free. Light refreshments will be sold. Call (803) 441-4380.

Carter, a resident of Beech Island, has been singing in the Augusta area since the 1950s, including duets with Jim Nabors (who later portrayed Gomer Pyle) on WJBF's old Today in Dixie live show.

Carter's recordings have been played on gospel music stations throughout the U.S.

She's a regular on the Parade of Quartets on WJBF and has represented Georgia tourism for Georgia Day in New York City's Central Park and for members of Congress on The Mall in Washington, D.C.

Her performance of big band and swing era songs ties in with the Arts & Heritage Center's exhibit about the Palmetto Pond and Palmetto Park, a Jim Crow-era entertainment venue for blacks that was on Carolina Springs Road.

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